Knit a catnip mouse for a rescue cat

Battersea’s cattery is preparing to be inundated with cats and kittens this summer, so the charity is calling upon knitters and crafters across the UK to make special knitted ‘catnip’ mice – knitted mice mercilessly stuffed to the brim with catnip – to help keep Battersea’s whiskered residents entertained while they wait for new homes.

June to September is a traditionally busy time for the charity, and on a typical summer’s day Battersea’s catteries can care for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. A combination of kitten season, more cats coming in due to the time of year and less people looking to take on a new pet because of holidays means that Battersea’s cattery is often working to full capacity.


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Battersea Rehomer Ros Davies says: ‘We’re approaching our busiest time of year and caring for so many cats is always a challenge. Cats that would normally go in days can take months to find a home, but whilst they wait for a new owner, we want to make their stay with us a little more fun and interesting. We know they love playing with their homemade knitted mice.’

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Better known as a dog refuge, the world famous animal charity has been taking in cats since 1883 and cares for around 3000 each year. Ros continues: ‘This time of year is really tough and we urge anyone thinking of taking on a new cat to get in touch. Even if you’re planning on going away, you can register with us first, and then when you get back you’ll be ready to give a cat a home – what better way to beat those post-holiday blues! Plus, the summer is one of the best times to visit us as we’ve normally got a lot more choice.’

As well as knitted mice, Battersea’s cats also enjoy playing with woolly sticks. Patterns can be downloaded from the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website. Please send completed mice and toys to The Cattery, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA.

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